As the group of anglers walked through the woods near Game Creek with three dogs, Elliot was the only one who had the time and presence of mind to shoulder his gun as the bear sprang on them.
He hit the charging bear with three shots, one of which hit the large animal square on the muzzle, which was enough to bring it down. His uncle then finished off the animal when it was on the ground, the story says.
The fact that the young fisherman was carrying his shotguns in his hands, since it didn't have a sling attached, might have been the only thing that gave him enough time to act, his father said in the story.
"That first shot hit him in the shoulder and did absolutely nothing," Elliot's father said. "The next shot hit him in the nose and traveled down through the neck."
The Fox story says Elliot's shotgun was loaded with birdshot, making the feat even more remarkable, but this story from nola.com contrarily reports that State Sen. Shelley Hughes "reported on her Facebook timeline that Elliot had changed the out-of-season bird shot in pump shotgun," which looks like a Remington 870 model from the photos, in preparation for fishing in bear country. The story does not say what kind of shells Eliot replaced the bird shot with, but from the look of the wound on the bear's snout, they were likely slugs.